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Medium Dutch Ovens

Need a lighter pot that can still hold full-size recipes? A medium-size Dutch oven might be for you.

What We Learned

Dutch ovens are our most-used pots in the test kitchen. We bake, simmer, braise, roast, and boil in them, and we love these heavy-bottomed pots for their versatility, durability, and heat retention. Our preferred large Dutch oven holds at least 7 quarts—it’s the ideal capacity to handle any task, from cooking a whole chicken to preparing enough baked ziti to serve six people. Howeve...